The Android rooting world has never been stronger. Last year, over 3.3 million Android users rooted their devices. In 2017, we expect that number to grow even larger.
Should you still root your Android phone or tablet in 2017? Is rooting still relevant? Do you still have a lot to gain? Do you need to worry about any risks? Today, we’re explaining everything you need to know about rooting your Android in 2017.
Android’s Bloatware Problem Hasn’t Improved
Android has had bloatware since day one. Today, some manufacturers let you disable pre-built apps, but most never let you uninstall these apps.
Until you uninstall your bloatware, your Android device is never truly yours. There will always be that 500MB chunk of junk taking up space on your hard drive.
Rooting Android lets you immediately delete anything on your device – including bloatware or critical Android OS files. Fortunately, it’s easy to delete only bloatware – in fact, there are apps that do it for you in seconds.
Sick of running out of storage space on your Android? Rooting solves that problem overnight.
Boost Battery Life and Performance
Ask anyone, iPhone or Android user, what they would improve on their phone. The vast majority will say battery life.
Rooting Android lets you immediately improve battery life. Apps like Greenify will automatically tweak small settings all over your Android device, instantly adding hours onto your battery.
Without rooting your Android, apps can’t access crucial system settings and commands. After rooting, apps like Greenify can actually tweak your processor, which means they can reduce your processor’s battery consumption when you don’t need it, saving battery life.
All it takes is one unfortunate accident for your phone’s entire history to be wiped out. Sure, you can back up some of your Android data. However, backing up all your data requires an app like Titanium Backup, which essentially takes a picture of everything on your Android device, then lets you restore all that data with a single click.
With Titanium Backup, restoring your Android device to its previous condition is easy.
Recover Deleted Photos and Data
After rooting, it’s easier to recover deleted files and photos. Why? Well, when you delete something, Android doesn’t remove that data immediately. Instead, they just tell the device that the space is available to be overwritten.
With root access, you can take advantage of this system to recover things you accidentally deleted – from photos to videos to files. Nothing is lost forever.
Install Custom ROMs and New Versions of Android
Google frequently releases updates for Android. Unfortunately, it takes most users an average of 6 to 10 months before that update arrives on their system. That’s because your carrier (like AT&T) and your manufacturer (like Samsung) need to modify Android for your system (which means installing their own bloatware and restrictions).
On rooted Android, you can bypass this process and install the newest version of Android the moment it’s released onto the internet.
Or, if you’d rather try something totally new, you can install new custom ROMs made by independent developers. Many ROMs have been downloaded millions of times – so you’re not downloading untested software to your system.
In any case, rooting makes it easy to change your Android’s entire look and feel.
Okay, But What About the Risks?
The main risk of rooting your Android in 2017 is voiding the warranty. On some Androids, you can avoid warranty problems simply by unrooting. Other Androids, however, will be able to track rooting activity even if you unroot your device.
Fortunately, there are ways around these problems. A quick Google search will show you how to avoid warranty issues on your rooted Android (it’s illegal for me to tell you here!).
In the early days of Android, bricking was a concern for rooted Android users. Today, bricking is virtually unheard of. You can find Android rooting methods online that have been used tens of thousands of times – including by Android users with the exact same make, model, and version number you own.
Thanks to the internet, you can let other people take the risk and be the first people to try new rooting methods. This virtually eliminates the chances of experiencing any problems with your phone.
Should You Root your Android in 2017?
Android rooting isn’t for everybody. If you just want a phone to handles your basic social media, calls, texts, etc., then you might not gain a lot by rooting.
However, if you want full control over your Android, including better apps, battery life, performance, and customizability, then Android rooting is a popular and easy option.